12.05.-16.09.2012 / 11:00 - 21:00
Students of Aalto University designed a wooden pavilion which was placed in an empty lot between Museum of Finnish Architecture and Design Museum in Helsinki in spring 2012. The Pavilion is a temporary construction and serves as a World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 as a hub and a meeting place for the general public, the media and visiting international experts during the summer months. The Pavilion house also an café.
Ten students from Aalto University participated with their own proposals in the competition to design the pavilion. The jury selected the concept “Museopolku” (A Museum Path) by Pyry-Pekka Kantonen for further development.
The jury’s explained its choice with these words: “The new pavilion construction combines the museums also functionally. It is a relaxed, human-oriented ‘living room in a city’, which encourages participation. The architectural form of the concept keeps one interested in it again, and again.”
Pavilion programme: http://wdchelsinki2012.fi/en/pavilion
Markus Heinonen, Architecture Department
Marko Hämäläinen, Structures
Pyry Kantonen, Architecture Department
Janne Kivelä, Architecture Department
Wilhelmiina Kosonen, Interior Design Department
Inka Saini, Interior Design Department
The Pavillion open space showcase will be taken down for the end of the year and winter months, but it will not be the last we see of it, says Pekka Timonen.
Protective guards are already being erected around the Pavilion work site on the plot between the Design Museum and Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki.
The Pavilion, a part of the Helsinki Design Capital 2012, is still open for this week, until the end of Sunday 16th of September. The closing week is punctuated by programming from public dances to design panels.
"The Architecture Biennale in Venice is the most significant international event in our field. For us, to be able to participate is extremely valuable," says student Inka Saini, one of the creators behind the WDC Pavilion. Fresh from the journey to the heart of the architectural world, she paints an inspiring picture of the Pavilion's reception at the Biennale.
If you venture into the Pavilion this week, you can take part in any of three workshops relating to 365 Wellbeing projects. On Tuesday, AH-Design is looking for stories of "your" Helsinki to contribute to their research. On Wednesday, Ready Steady Go! Finland is there to mix sport and design, and on Thursday evening, the Smoke-Free Environments team wants your ideas on their work towards a smokeless capital city.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö was there to cut the proverbial ribbon at last night's official opening of the Pavilion. Aki-Pekka Sinikoski was there with his camera.
A group of students and experts from the Aalto University Wood Studio have designed the Pavilion, a temporary structure located on an empty plot of land between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum.
This is it - the most happening month so far this year. The Living+ programme includes fashion, an art sale, seminars, exhibitions, a conference, and, of course, the month-long event that is MoA. Check here for a roundup of the dates and times.
Photographer Aki-Pekka Sinikoski took a stroll by the site of the Pavilion, which is just now sporting a new roof. He took some fantastic photos.
ARTS Exposed! is a weekend that's more than just an art and design sale. We're looking for Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture students and alumni alike to show their work. Register and apply by March 16th to be part of the event. The show and sale will be held on 26–27 May, 2012.
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School of Arts, Design and Architecture
School of Engineering
Pekka Heikkinen, Professor
pekka.heikkinen [at] aalto [dot] fi
Opens in May 12th 2012
Closes in Sep 16th 2012
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11-21:00
Lot between Design Museum and Museum of Finnish Architecture
Ullanlinnankatu 2-4, Helsinki
Museum of Finnish Architecture
WDC Helsinki 2012